Satterthwaite is a township of considerable extent, having a length of six miles and a breadth of upwards of four miles. A chain of hills covers the whole township, frequently exposing to the view nothing but the denuded rocks. In some places the fells are covered with a thick mantle of heath, while in a few favoured situations the scenery is of a sylvan character. The township possesses a village of the same name, about four miles south from Hawkshead, and also the hamlets of Cunsey, Dale Park, Force Forge, and Low Graythwaite.

This township is very thinly peopled; and on the road leading from Hawkshead to Graythwaite, which winds over hill and dale, the traveller may walk nearly four miles without passing a human habitation. A large portion of this hilly district is shrouded in coppice, which supplies the materials for the bobbin mills, an occupation which gives employment to many of the inhabitants. At Force Forge are two bobbin manufactories.

from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882


Archives & Libraries

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Civil Registration

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"SATTERTHWAITE, a township and chapelry in the parish of Hawkshead, hundred of Lonsdale North of the Sands, county Lancaster, 4 miles S.W. of Hawkshead. Milnthorpe is its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on a branch of the river Leaven, and is chiefly agricultural. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the bobbin mills at Cunsey. The township includes the hamlets of Dale-Park, Force Forge, Grizedale, and Lower Graythwaite. There is a large extent of coppice wood, formerly used for the smelting of iron-ore. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Carlisle, value £120. The church has a square tower containing one bell, and was enlarged and rebuilt in 1835. There is a National school for both sexes at Grizedale. Satterthwaite Hall and High Graythwaite Hall are the principal residences."

"SATTERTHWAITE, a chapelry in the parish of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale North of the Sands, county Lancaster, 7 miles N.W. of Ulverston. There are quarries of roofing slate."


Historical Geography

In 1835 Satterthwaite was a township in the parish of Hawkshead.




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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Satterthwaite was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.



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